Album 31 is an ongoing project that the artists continue to develop alongside their individual practices.
Sophy Rickett works with photography, video installation and text. Much of her work explores the tension between the narrative tendencies and abstract possibilities of the photographic image. Her works have a minimal quality, and create spatial plays and ambiguities that draw attention to the material nature of the photograph rather than to the receding illusory space behind the picture plane. Often working at night, and with landscape, she is interested in the contingent nature of the documentary image, exploring different ways of resisting its representational orthodoxy. Rickett came to prominence in the late 1990s shortly after she graduated from the Royal College of Art. Solo exhibitions of her work include Fotogalleriet (Oslo, 2015)., Arnolfini (Bristol, 2012), Kettle’s Yard (Cambridge, 2013), Museum of the History of Science (Oxford, 2014), She has undertaken commissions for several institutions including Photoworks (Brighton), The Institute of Astronomy (Cambridge) and Arnolfini (Bristol). Her work is included in many collections, including The Government Art Collection, London; The Federal Reserve, Washington; FRAC, Alsace; Pompidou, Paris; Musée des Beaux Art Nantes, and the Re Rebaundengo, Turin.
Bettina von Zwehl has built an international reputation for her subtle and unnerving photographic portraits. From early works in which she photographed subjects under a range of exacting conditions to more recent projects that reprise the traditions of the painted miniature, she has consistently explored the nature and limits of portraiture. Von Zwehl was artist-in-residence at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2011 and had a five-month residency at the Freud Museum in London in 2013–14. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at a number of leading European and American museums and galleries, including the Freud Museum (London, 2016), Fotogalkeriet(Oslo, 2015) National Portrait Gallery (London, 2014), Centrum KulturyZamek (Poznan, 2011), V&A Museum of Childhood (London, 2009), The Photographers’ Gallery (London 2005) and Lombard Freid gallery (New York, 2004). Her photographs are held in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina; Victoria and Albert Museum, Arts Council Collection, London; The National Portrait Gallery, London; the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida; and Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco.